Since the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014 and the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, over 12,000 scientists and academic experts have been displaced from their residence. In the face of these challenges, NATO’s Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme significantly increased its support to Ukraine by providing equipment and stipends to young scientists.

Prof. Maksim Strikha, Ukrainian Deputy Minister for Education and Science explained, “by engaging Ukrainian scientists in high-level research and capacity-building activities, the SPS Programme has actively supported research and academic institutions in Ukraine, strengthening the Ukrainian scientific landscape”.

Addressing current security challenges

At present, leading areas of cooperation focus on counter-terrorism, defence against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) agents, the development of advanced technologies, and the detection and clearance of unexploded ordnance and mines.

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